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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

By virtue of their Urban Studies Program courses…

Urban Studies Program students should know

  • The general history of urbanization and its associated economic and demographic processes
  • The structures and expressions of urbanization and urban life associated with modern and postmodern cities
  • The structures and expressions of urbanization and urban life associated with cities of the developed realms/core and those associated with cities of the less developed realm/periphery
  • The basic research questions and agendas associated with the various disciplines contributing to our understanding of urban issues.
  • The general expressions of urbanization and urban life associated with contemporary Los Angeles
  • The common theories, practices, and methodologies employed in contemporary urban planning and policy analysis


Urban Studies Program students should be able to

  • Effectively employ contemporary social science methodology in the analysis of urban issues
  • Demonstrate written and oral competencies in the analysis of urban issues and policy
  • Identify and utilize appropriate primary data, including census materials, for the analysis of urban issues
  • Apply their understanding of urban issues to the development and critical analysis of programs and policies appropriate to addressing contemporary social and economic problems
  • Successfully pursue graduate education in such areas as urban planning, public administration, policy analysis, social welfare, and the law upon completion of their major


Urban Studies Program students should value

  • Diverse perspectives in the analysis and assessment of urban issues and policies
  • Thoughtful analysis of the implications of urbanization and urban policy in the context of social justice and sound environmental practices
  • Rigorous, scientific research that enlightens the experience of urban populations and contributes to the resolution of the social and environmental problems associated with urbanization
  • Community-based participation in the development of programs and policies that contribute to the social, economic, political, and environmental improvement of their communities and cities